Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum

From Policy to Classroom

  • Zongyi Deng
  • S Gopinathan
  • Christine Kim-Eng Lee

Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zongyi Deng, S. Gopinathan, Christine Kim-Eng Lee
      Pages 3-12
  3. Globalization, Curriculum Reform, Vision and Discourses

  4. Translating Reform Initiatives into Programmes, School Subjects and Operational Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Juin Ee Teo, Zongyi Deng, Christine Kim-Eng Lee, Christina Lim-Ratnam
      Pages 99-117
  5. Enacting Reform Initiatives in Classrooms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. David Hogan, Dennis Kwek, Phillip Towndrow, Ridzuan Abdul Rahim, Teck Kiang Tan, Han Jing Yang et al.
      Pages 121-149
    3. Rita Elaine Silver, Xiaolan Curdt-Christiansen, Susan Wright, Madonna Stinson
      Pages 151-167
  6. International, Comparative and Future Perspectives

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Zongyi Deng, S. Gopinathan, Christine Kim-Eng Lee
      Pages 263-275
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 277-279

About this book


This volume provides a multi-faceted and critical analysis of the Singapore curriculum in relation to globalization. First, it details reform initiatives established by the Singapore government to meet the challenges posed by globalization. Next, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum presents how these reforms have been translated into programs, school subjects and operational frameworks and then examines, in turn, how well these have been implemented in schools and classrooms across the country.

Through this examination, the book reveals how the initiatives, together with their curricular translation and classroom enactment, reflect on the one hand global features and tendencies and, on the other, distinct national traditions, concerns and practices. It brings to light a set of issues, problems and challenges that not only concern policymakers, educators and reformers in Singapore but also those in other countries as well.

Written by curriculum scholars, policy analysts, researchers and teacher educators, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum offers an up-to-date reference for postgraduate students, scholars and researchers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, comparative education, educational sociology, educational policy and leadership in Singapore, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. It also offers a vital contribution to the story of modern education around the globe: providing international students, scholars and researchers valuable insights into curriculum and curriculum reform for the 21st century.


21st century schooling Curriculum development Education globalization Education policy Educational reform Singapore curriculum Singapore schooling

Editors and affiliations

  • Zongyi Deng
    • 1
  • S Gopinathan
    • 2
  • Christine Kim-Eng Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-981-4451-56-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-4451-57-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4874
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4882
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